While characters like Iron Man, Ultron and the Hulk have been at the front and center of marketing for The Avengers: Age of Ultron ever since it began, android creation Vision hadn't been seen in action until a few weeks ago, when he was finally seen opening his eyes in super close-up at the very end of the third full-length trailer. The newest member of the Avengers is played by Paul Bettany - who also provides the voice acting for Tony Stark's virtual butler JARVIS - but the nature of Vision's role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron largely remains a mystery.
In a way that's even more exciting than if Vision had already been shown flying around battling Ultron robots, because now we'll probably have to wait until this summer before even hearing a single line of dialogue from Vision, let alone seeing him in action. Speaking in a new interview for Marvel's Youtube channel, director Joss Whedon promises that it will be worth the wait.
"When I first started talking about doing an Avengers movie I was just like, 'I don't know if I should do an Avengers movie, but if you do the second one the villain should be Ultron and he should create Vision, and Bettany has to play it.' I was like, 'Look at those cheekbones. Bettany's the Vision.' He has a stillness that goes beyond British, that is something just unique and emotive, and he's going to blow people away."
Whedon's reference to Ultron creating Vision once again muddies the waters of the character's origins. A piece of marketing art for The Avengers: Age of Ultron included a short bio for Vision stating that he was "programmed by the combined geniuses of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner," but in some interviews (like the one above) it's stated that Ultron himself creates Vision. Perhaps the bio meant that Banner and Stark create Vision by proxy, since Ultron is one of Stark's creations, or perhaps Vision is a collaborative effort. We'll probably have to wait until May for things to become clear.
During the interview, Whedon also confirms that The Avengers: Age of Ultron will feature prominent Marvel characters who haven't yet been shown in any of the trailers or promotional photos, though he didn't specify which ones. Fans are already speculating that Spider-Man - who is going to be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to a recent agreement between Marvel and Sony - will appear in the film's post-credits scene.
This is a very real possibility, since post-credits scenes are usually shot a long time after the bulk of the film. The Avengers' famous shawarma scene, for example, was shot two days after the movie had already premiered in Hollywood. The ultimate magic trick, of course, would be to cast Spider-Man within the next few weeks, keep the casting a secret, and then use The Avengers: Age of Ultron's post-credits scene to reveal the actor. We can dream...
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.